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Tropicana 400 - Chicagoland Speedway

-Qualifying
Jeff Gordon was the 2nd driver to earn the pole position, but wound up in the 28th starting spot by the time qualifying was over. It'll be an all K-mart front row, with Todd Bodine and Jimmy Spencer in the first two starting positions.

-Race
True champions stand in the face of adversity, and can make the most out of a bad situation. The #24 team had to do that once again this weekend, as a new track took it's toll on many race cars.

Gordon had one of the top cars on Sunday afternoon, and had worked his way from 28th all the way to 4th with 15 laps to go. He looked like the only real competition for dominant Kevin Harvick, but all of a sudden he started backsliding through the field. Engine failure was the obvious answer, and the DuPont crew figured that the engine was only running on seven cylinders.

The tenth and final caution of the day came out on lap 258, 9 laps from the end, for Tony Stewart's crash. When racing restarted Gordon's car was only good enough for 17th place, the last car on the lead lap.

Due to Gordon's 17th place finish, Dale Jarrett now has caught up to Jeff Gordon in the points standings. They are tied for the Winston Cup Points lead and tied for number of wins, but by virtue of Gordon's higher number of second place finishes, he will retain the official points lead heading to New Hampshire.

"I'm just thrilled to beat Todd (Bodine). We were outrunning him on the racetrack, but it was a tough day. We fought hard today to get from way back there in the field to the front. All we needed was a little bit better track position. We had one of the fastest cars out there. I'm real proud of these guys with the Dupont race team. We've got to figure it out and make sure it doesn't happen any more. We're going through a tough time now, but as long as we're tied for the points lead, we'll take that."

"I'm looking forward to Loudon and to every track we race at. But right now, I'm going to focus on our test session in Indianapolis coming up on Monday and Tuesday. And then we'll gear up. The guys at the shop are working hard getting us ready for New Hampshire. We've got to do something there. We've got to make up a little bit of the ground that we lost here."

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